The LASER Model
The LASER Model is at the core of all of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s work and requires five elements: research-based, inquiry-driven curriculum; professional development; materials support; administrative and community support; and appropriate assessment. A five year study demonstrated the LASER model’s efficacy in systemically transforming education through science.
LASER Highlighted in Education Commission of the States Policy Brief
Our Theory of Action
The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC’s) inquiry-based approach to science education provides students in classrooms across the country and around the world with captivating, first-hand learning experiences. The SSEC’s Theory of Action advocates for scientifically based research and best practices to inform the development of a shared vision and infrastructure for transforming science education. LASER has been referred to as the "original STEM education ecosystem."
LASER Changes Lives
The Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model describes the infrastructure for transforming science education, which includes: research-based, inquiry-driven curriculum; professional development; materials support; administrative and community support; and appropriate assessment. LASER leads to measurably higher student achievement in science by using research-based curriculum and professional services to improve science teaching and learning.
This educational approach is straightforward, revolutionary, and results oriented. The SSEC’s portfolio of training programs, curricula, and resources have captured the attention of national and international experts. The SSEC provides an opportunity to change students’ attitudes, improve outcomes, and connect learning to future employment through the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.